Adjustment of Status
FEBRUARY 24,2019 BY JEAN
Welcome to the United States of America. Prepare for your wedding. You are only allowed to get married within 90 days. After you get married, you can Adjust your Status and apply for a Conditional (2-year) Permanent Resident card.
1. Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status. You can also download the instructions for form I-485 so you have a guide on how to fill it out.
2. Form I-864 Affidavit of Support. Download the instructions as your guide.
3. Form I-765 Application for Employment Authorization. This is not compulsory. If you want to work while waiting for your conditional green card, then apply. It will be in your mail 2 weeks after you get the approval to Adjust of Status. I applied for this anyway since it is free.
4. Form I-131 Application for Travel Document. Again, this is not compulsory. I applied for this, just in case there is an emergency I can just fly back home.
5. Form I-94 Arrival-Departure Record. Fill out and print.
6. Form G-1450 Use this form if paying through credit card or $1,140 check to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
7. Form G-1145 Notification of Application or Petition Acceptance
1. Copy of your visa page
2. Copy of your passport info page and the parole stamp
3. Copy of your birth certificate
4. Copy of marriage certificate
5. Copy of your approval Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) Form I-129F
6. Two colored photos (US passport size). Additional two photos if you apply for a work permit
7. Send it to
USCIS Chicago Lockbox
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS):
PO Box 805887
Chicago, IL 60680-4120
For FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:
131 South Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
What happened after I sent the application:
1. Six weeks after, I received a notice that my Adjustment of Status, Work Employment Permit and Advanced Parole were approved.
2. Two weeks after I got the notice, the Employment and Advanced Parole card was sent.
3. Six weeks after I got the notice, an appointment for the biometrics arrived.
4. Four weeks after biometrics, an appointment notice for the interview arrived. Yes, I got interviewed. The consul was super nice and friendly.
5. One week after I got interviewed, the Conditional Permanent Resident card arrived.